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The Top 10 Chain Drug Retailers

Opportunities for pronounced gains in market share by the top chain drug retailers are few, but several catalysts stand to propel pharmacy business, according to industry observers.

Q&A: Wasson takes reins as NACDS chairman

Walgreen Co. president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson becomes chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores at a pivotal time for the industry.

Outlook: Drug chains bolster growth prospects

Chain drug stores have responded well to the changing marketplace over the past year and bolstered their prospects for growth in 2012, industry analysts say.

CVS aims to personalize retail experience

CVS/pharmacy is focused on growing its front-end business as it builds on the strong foundation established in recent years.

Court mulls legal challenge to PBM merger

A federal judge heard arguments this month in the lawsuit seeking to stop the merger of Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc.

Rx groups make case as CMS crafts AMP rule

With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expected to issue a final rule on Medicaid pharmacy reimbursements next year, community pharmacy advocates earlier this month weighed in on the proposal.

Rite Aidís results show improvement

Continuing its financial recovery, Rite Aid Corp. turned in improved results for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter and full year.

Health care reform case a cliff-hanger

The fate of the Obama administration’s health care reform law appears uncertain after the Supreme Court conducted three days of hearings in late March.

Rx customers courted by Walgreens

Walgreen Co. is seeking to attract new pharmacy customers by offering a $25 gift card with every transferred prescription.

CVS enhances access to preventive care

CVS/pharmacy has kicked off a program of free health screenings that will run through the end of the year in multicultural communities nationwide.

Interest in Total Store Expo builds

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has high hopes for next year’s debut of the Total Store Expo, according to president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson.

Rite Aid in step with 'new era'

Rite Aid Corp. pharmacists are now offering personalized Rite Care Prescription Advisor reports to show patients how well they are doing taking regularly prescribed medications.

NACDS acts on board nominees

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores board of directors was expected to approve a slate of new officers for the 2012/13 year at a session held here on April 21, the first day of the NACDS Annual Meeting.

Walmart offers Rx benefits plan

Wal­mart is teaming up with Humana Pharmacy Solutions Inc. to offer employers a pharmacy benefits plan guaranteeing up to 20% off prescription costs.

NACDS bolsters state government affairs team

State health policy professional Leigh Knotts has been named a director of state government affairs at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

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